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Martha Johnson Gdowski, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-6592

Biography

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
My teaching experience over the last 25 years has encompassed a variety of learning formats including didactic lecture, laboratory, journal club, and problem based learning. I have taught for four academic institutions in different capacities (The Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Ithaca College, and The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry). I have taught in the following types of curricula: Undergraduate and Graduate Neuroscience, Graduate Neuroanatomy, Graduate Human Anatomy and Physiology for Physical Therapists, Graduate Medical Human Anatomy, and Undergraduate Human Anatomy. These experiences have given me the opportunity to instruct a population of students that vary in age, life experience, race, ethnicity and economic background. Collectively, this has revealed how diversity in student populations produces a highly enriched learning environment that benefits everyone, including the instructor. Students are able to apply different elements of their knowledge and background to the group learning experience, yielding a more memorable learning experience in which students feel invested. Teaching in different formats has reinforced that enabling students to take ownership of their learning experience produces a more interactive classroom and/or laboratory experience, a more dynamic teaching experience, and personalizes learning objectives so the students retain more of the requisite information. Not all students will excel at every subject. In fact, some will struggle to learn material that is outside of the realm of their academic strengths and/or experience. A memorable and impactful educator will effectuate methods that allow each student to take ownership of their learning experience and optimize their potential, which is a necessary step in the creation of a lifelong learner. A positive impact on each student that leads them to embrace independent learning becomes amplified when students use those tools to embark upon professions that benefit others. As a consequence, a positive impact on a single student goes grows logarithmically into palpable benefit to many more people than I could possibly impact in a single classroom.

Professional Background

EDUCATION:
1990-1995 Ph.D. in Anatomy, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
1986-1990 B.S. cum laude in Biology, Gannon University, Erie, PA

EXPERIENCE:
2013 - Present - Associate Professor, University of Rochester, NY
2010-2012 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2008-2010 Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2002-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2001–2002 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
1997-2001 Research Associate, Department of Physiology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL and the Evanston Hospital Department of Neurology, Evanston, IL
1995-1997 Research Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Research

CURRENT TEACHING:
BME/BIO 258 Summer Human Anatomy for Undergraduates (Course Director, Lecturer, and Lab Instructor)
BME 459 Applied Human Anatomy for Graduate Students (Course Director, Lecturer, and Lab Instructor)
BME/BIO 258 Spring Human Anatomy for Undergraduates (Lecturer)
NSC 511 Neuroanatomy for Graduate Students (Course Co-Director, Lecturer, and Lab Instructor)
NSC 531 Integrative and Systems Neuroscience for Graduate Students (Lecturer)
HSF 110 Human Structure and Function for Medical Students (MS1) (Course Director (Anatomical Sciences Strand), Lecturer, Lab Instructor, and PBL Tutor in Anatomy and Histology Disciplines)

PREVIOUS RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Sensorimotor Integration in the Basal Ganglia
Sensorimotor Integration in Normal and Pathological Aging

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1990
BS | Gannon University
Biology

1995
PhD | The Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine
Anatomy

Awards

2015
University of Rochester Gold Medal Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Student Body

2014
Manuel D. Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching 1st Year Medical Students
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine Class of 2017

2010
Manuel D. Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching 1st Year Medical Students
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine Class of 2013

2009
First Year SMD Teaching Commendation
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine Class of 2012

1997 - 2001
Ruggles Fellowship in Movement Disorders
Location: Evanston Hospital Department of Neurology

1996
National Hydrocephalus Foundation Award for Presenation of Research at the Pediatric Section Meeting of the AANS
Sponsor: American Association of Neurological Surgeons

1994 - 1995
P.E.O. Scholar Award Educational Grant
Sponsor: Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O.)

1993
Teacher Appreciation Award
Location: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

1993
Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching
Location: Pennsylvania State University

1992
Excellence in Teaching Award
Location: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

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Publications

Journal Articles

1/16/2013
Luan H, Gdowski MJ, Newlands SD, Gdowski GT. "Convergence of vestibular and neck proprioceptive sensory signals in the cerebellar interpositus." The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience.. 2013 Jan 16; 33(3):1198-210a.

2009
Khandwala VJ, Burack MA, Mink JW, Gdowski GT, Gdowski MJ. "Measurement of upper limb kinematics and joint angle patterns during deep brain stimulation for parkinson's disease." Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.. 2009 2009:1553-6.

2009
Brown ET, Luan H, Gdowski MJ, Gdowski GT. "Head movements produced during linear translations in unexpected directions." Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.. 2009 2009:7261-4.

Books & Chapters

2004
Chapter Title: The Basal Ganglia
Book Title: The Human Nervous System
Author List: Suzanne N. Haber; Martha Johnson Gdowski
Edited By: George Paxinos; Jurgen K. Mai
Published By: Elsevier Science/Academic Press2004 in San Diego

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